Kentucky requires a Boater Education Card for boaters, and not a boating license. The regulatory authority for the card is Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (DFWR).
There are some restrictions on the age of boat operators. If you are under 12 years of age, you cannot operate any boat or watercraft powered by more than 10 horsepower. If you are between the ages of 12 and 17, you can operate a watercraft powered by more than 10 horsepower only if you have passed the boating safety education course and have your Boater Education Card onboard or are accompanied by an adult 18 years or older who has a boater education card.
The boating laws of the state require that the person operating a boat should not be under the influence of intoxicants. The legal limit of the blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% and if arrested for a higher BAC, harsh penalties may be imposed on the operator, based on the severity of the offense as well as the previous number of such convictions.
Boat operators possessing a valid boaters' license issued by the U.S Coast Guard or the Canadian Government are exempt from the above requirements.
To obtain the Boater Education Card, you must complete a boater education course approved by the Kentucky DFWR, or pass an approved equivalency test.
In an approved course, students learn how to operate and maintain their boats, the legal requirements for boating, and what to do in emergencies. This ensures that boating remains a safe and fun experience.
There are various approved ways you can complete the course and obtain the card:
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Attn: Boater Education #1 Sportsman's Lane Frankfort, KY 40601